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Canadian Aboriginal Festival -Toronto Star

Canadian Aboriginal Festival

Nov 06, 2007 09:32 AM
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
Friday, November 30
Festival – Dec. 1 & 2
Rogers Centre
Don’t miss the Toronto Star POW WOW!

http://www.thestar.com/article/273964

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USS Honours Aboriginal Grade 12s -Westcoaster

USS Honours Aboriginal Grade 12s

By Carol Sedgwick

Once again this fall, School District 70 held Success Forums in three communities to acknowledge our First Nations students for achieving their goals of reaching Grade 12.

Ucluelet secondary school First Nations Grade 12 students were honoured at two separate community events.

http://www.westcoaster.ca/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=2953

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From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance -Globe and Mail

From restless communities to resilient places: fixing our municipal fiscal imbalance

MIKE HARCOURT
Special to Globe and Mail Update
November 6, 2007 at 12:53 AM EST

The split of government revenues in Canada is 50 per cent federal, 42 per cent provincial — and 8 per cent municipal. Not only that, but Canada’s municipalities are the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s most property tax dependent. That’s why our communities’ water pipes leak, streets are potholed, bridges and overpasses are crumbling, public transit is decrepit, the homeless aren’t housed, and community centres, skating rinks, swimming pools, libraries and theatres are run down.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071105.wcomment1106/BNStory/Front/

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Review panel hears final recommendations on Mackenzie pipeline -Globe and Mail

Review panel hears final recommendations on Mackenzie pipeline

BOB WEBER
The Canadian Press
November 6, 2007

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations today and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to native hunters have been remarkably consistent: Protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071106.PIPELINE06/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007751 Views

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McMillan re-elected Liard chief -CBC

McMillan re-elected Liard chief
Former chief Morris, convicted of assault, came in third

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | 1:26 PM CT
CBC News

Liard McMillan won another term Monday as chief of the Liard First Nation in Watson Lake, Yukon, beating out two other candidates, including disgraced former chief Daniel Morris.

Voters in the First Nation, which includes members in Whitehorse and Lower Post, B.C., re-elected McMillan with 216 votes in Monday’s council election.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/06/yk-liard.html

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Accused in N.W.T. elder shooting pleads guilty -CBC

Accused in N.W.T. elder shooting pleads guilty

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 5:41 PM CT
CBC News

The young man accused in the July shooting of an elder in Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., struck a plea bargain with the Crown in a Yellowknife courtroom on Monday, pleading guilty to three of the five charges against him.

Alexis Taureau, 18, of Fort Good Hope, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, assault with a weapon, and firing a firearm with the intent of causing bodily harm in the July 16 armed invasion where Thomas Manuel Sr. received buckshot wounds to his face.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2007/11/05/fgh-guilty.html

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RCMP officer, 20, shot and killed in line of duty -CTV

RCMP officer, 20, shot and killed in line of duty

Updated Tue. Nov. 6 2007 8:22 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff

A 20-year-old Mountie was shot and killed in the line of duty in Kimmirut, a small community in Nunavut.

Const. Douglas Scott became the second RCMP officer within a month to be gunned down in the region. His death comes as the national police force reviews its back-up policy and questions swirl around the practice of sending inexperienced officers to Canada’s high arctic.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071106/rcmp_nunavut_071106/20071106/

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Aboriginal activist decries renovations -Globe and Mail

Aboriginal activist decries renovations

JUSTINE HUNTER
November 6, 2007

VICTORIA — When Shelly Johnson, a long-time advocate for aboriginal youth in Victoria, stepped off the elevator for a meeting in the Ministry of Children and Families’ newly renovated executive offices, she was stunned.

The ministry had recently completed $560,000 in renovations for the lavishly appointed meeting space, a project initially budgeted at $200,000.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071106.BCLAVISHVAN/TPStory/?query=ABORIGINAL

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Protect land ahead of pipeline, Mackenzie panel told -Globe and Mail

Protect land ahead of pipeline, Mackenzie panel told

Canadian Press
November 5, 2007 at 6:13 PM EST

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations Tuesday and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to aboriginal hunters have been remarkably consistent: protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071105.wpipeline1105/BNStory/Front/

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“Fish Out of Water” To Debut This Season on APTN

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For Immediate Release

Ottawa – November 7, 2007 (NNW) – What happens when you take an urban Indian out of his comfortable city environment and drop him smack dab in the middle of traditional Aboriginal culture? You get a Fish Out of Water.

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The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Surrey Area Find Work

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Nov. 6, 2007) – Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced support for the Pathfinder Youth Centre Society under the Skills Link program, to help young people in British Columbia find and keep secure jobs.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007933 Views

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CAB Announces 2007 Gold Ribbon Award Winners for News, Information, Documentary and Diversity Programming

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, November 5, 2007 – The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today recognized the outstanding news, information, documentary, and diversity programming of its members with the presentation of the prestigious Gold Ribbon Awards. The awards were presented at the Gold Ribbon Awards Luncheon at the CAB’s 81 st Annual Convention, held in Ottawa.

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007890 Views

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WIFT-T Announces Emily Bellavy as Winner Of The 2007 Alliance Atlantis Diversity In Broadcasting Internship

(TORONTO – Monday, November 5, 2007) Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T), in partnership with Alliance Atlantis, is pleased to announce Emily Bellavy as this year’s recipient of the Alliance Atlantis Diversity in Broadcasting Internship.

This national program offers one entry-level visible minority or Aboriginal woman the opportunity to gain broadcasting industry skills through experience in the Public and Regulatory Affairs department at Alliance Atlantis. The award will be presented to Bellavy at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon on December 3, 2007 at the Fairmont Royal York.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20072061 Views

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Government Of Canada Provides Support For Key Economic Opportunities In The Northwest Territories

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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES (November 6, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced $5 million in funding to support initiatives for the Northwest Territories that will strengthen the local economy by improving local infrastructure and attracting more tourists to the region.
“The Government of Canada is a proud to be investing in projects that meet the needs and address the realities of Northerners,” said Minister Strahl. “Our investment of $3.2 million will support new tourism initiatives that improve the local tourism industry, and our investment of $1.8 million will help to get important infrastructure studies and projects done sooner.”

by NationTalk on November 7, 2007928 Views

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Closer to Home: A new First Nation Housing Documentary Series on APTN: November 6, 2007

INAC is proud to be one of the sponsors of “Closer To Home”, a six part documentary series that takes viewers onto reserves across Canada to experience home, housing, and life from a uniquely First Nations point of view.

Engaging, insightful, and completely realistic, “Closer to Home” looks at the challenges of on reserve housing directly through the eyes of Canada’s fastest growing population – Aboriginal people.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20073548 Views

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Minister Strahl Hears Common Message from Yukon, First Nation

FOR RELEASE #07-238
November 6, 2007

WHITEHORSE – Yukon’s political leaders demonstrated unity in purpose at yesterday’s Intergovernmental Forum meeting.

Premier Dennis Fentie and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Andy Carvill told Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl that successful implementation of Yukon First Nation final and self-government agreements should be a priority for all governments.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071137 Views

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Health Canada: First Nations Communities Selected to Host Patient Wait Time Guarantees Pilot Projects

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Nov. 6, 2007) – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, today announced the selection of First Nations communities that will undertake pilot projects designed to test Patient Wait Time Guarantees for prenatal care and diabetes. The selection of pilot sites follows through on a commitment the Government of Canada made in November 2006, to develop the first-ever Patient Wait Time Guarantees for federally funded health services in First Nations communities.

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Global Television Announces the Winners of the 2007 Broadcasters of the Future Awards

Awards reflect Global’s commitment to the growth of Canada’s future broadcasters

TORONTO, Nov. 6 – Global Television is pleased to announce the winners of the Broadcasters of the Future Awards for 2007. The annual awards are a series of scholarship, internship, and mentorship programs designed to encourage and aid talented and enthusiastic Canadians toward establishing or furthering careers in the Canadian broadcast industry.

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071304 Views

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Bridging the language gap -The Labradorian

Bridging the language gap
Torngasok Cultural Centre unveils new learning tools

JAMIE TARRANT
The Labradorian

Nunatsiavut’s Torngasok Cultural Centre recently unveiled four new language tools Labrador Inuit can use to learn about their language.

At a ceremony held last Monday at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, a Rosetta Stone CD-Rom, Inuktitut dictionary, children’s book “Atuagaga uKausinnut,” and a book of stories gathered from the Unikkalautta storytelling festival last May, were made available to schools and Inuit beneficiaries.

http://www.thelabradorian.ca/index.cfm?sid=77533&sc=347

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U.S. moving to claim parts of Beaufort Sea -CTV

U.S. moving to claim parts of Beaufort Sea

Updated Mon. Nov. 5 2007 9:06 PM ET
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — American officials urged the Senate on Monday to quickly endorse the international treaty on the Law of the Sea, saying it’s vital to U.S. security and access to untapped Arctic energy resources.

Without the treaty, which came into effect in 1994 and has been ratified by 155 countries including Canada, the United States has no ability to assert rights over offshore areas thought to be rich in oil and gas.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071105/beaufort_sea_071105/20071105?hub=Politics

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Grand River Community Métis Council: Signing of Community Charter

Are you Métis? If your answer is Yes, come and meet us!
The GRCMC cordially invites all citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and non-MNO citizens who are seeking out their Métis roots to attend the official Charter Signing ceremony of the Grand River Métis Council

October 29, 2007 at 7 p.m.
at the Conestoga College Doon Campus, Room 1E05

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Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment – A Day Long Symposium

Friday, November 23, 2007
8:30-4:00 pm
University of British Columbia, Ponderosa Centre

The Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) and The David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education, in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, the Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, and the Koutu Nui of the Cook Islands present

Indigenous Knowledge and the Environment A Day Long Symposium

Friday, November 23, 2007
8:30-4:00 pm
Ponderosa Centre
http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=192

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Province, Tahltan Address Impacts Of Past Mining

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007EMPR0049-001415
Nov. 5, 2007

Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

VANCOUVER – The Province and the Tahltan Nation have developed a restoration plan to assess and address the impacts of past mineral exploration and development activity within Tahltan Territory, Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger announced today.

“The restoration plan is the first of its kind and is a landmark accomplishment for responsible and sustainable mining in British Columbia,” said Krueger. “By developing this plan in collaboration with the Tahltan Central Council, we are building on the principles and approach of the New Relationship and building on our commitments established in the BC Mining Plan.”

by NationTalk on November 6, 20071848 Views

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Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations Team up to Deliver Real Results to First Nations Communities

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Whitehorse, Yukon (November 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians gathered today with leaders from self-governing Yukon First Nations, Council of Yukon First Nations, and the Government of Yukon and signed a new protocol that will result in better collaboration and information sharing between the three governments for a more prosperous Yukon territory.

“With our common interest of achieving good governance in the Yukon Territory, the Government of Canada is proud to sign this new Intergovernmental Forum Protocol today, which improves upon a previous agreement,” said Minister Strahl. “I believe that working collaboratively with all levels of government will allow the true potential of the territory and its First Nations to be realized.”

by NationTalk on November 6, 20071070 Views

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The Government of Canada Supports Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women

EDMONTON, November 5, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.

Funding of $60,000 will allow the Institute to develop, deliver, and evaluate the Aboriginal Women’s Governance and Communication Strategy, a project designed to provide Aboriginal women in Alberta with the information, networking, and partnerships necessary to address their needs and those of their community, particularly with respect to their participation in governance issues.

by NationTalk on November 6, 20071161 Views

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The Honourable Chuck Strahl to the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce

SPEAKING NOTES For The Honourable Chuck Strahl, PC, MP
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-status Indians
to the
Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce
Whitehorse, Yukon
November 5, 2007

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Bonjour, good morning, everyone. I am very pleased to have this opportunity to speak with you today.

The North is a vibrant and diverse region. And in the October 16th Speech from the Throne, this government recognized its many opportunities and possibilities. The Prime Minister has articulated a plan to help the North realize that potential, and I’ll talk about that more in a moment.

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The Government of Canada Invests in Projects to Strengthen the Prosperity of Yukon

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WHITEHORSE, YUKON (November 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today made an announcement at the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce of five new projects that will improve economic opportunities in Yukon.

“Our Government understands that to strengthen our sovereignty in the north, we must be committed to improving Northern prosperity and exploring the North’s vast opportunities,” said Minister Strahl. “I am pleased to announce investments today that will support greater economic opportunities, strengthen communities, and benefit the people of Yukon today and for years to come.”

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Drop out of school, make more money – Macleans.ca

Drop out of school, make more money
Some high school dropouts are earning more than university grads, according to a Statistics Canada report

Carson Jerema, Macleans.ca | Nov 05, 2007 |

University graduates with underwhelming salaries might have been better off dropping out of high school, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Thursday.

The report, authored with Canadian Policy Research Networks, found that some high school dropouts earned more than university grads. The study, based on the 2004 Youth In Transition Survey, tracked labour market participation among the 22-24 age bracket. The study found that 14.3 per cent of those earning the least (less than $360 per week) had university degrees, compared to high school dropouts who accounted for only 12.8 per cent. Moreover, the median wage for high school dropouts was was higher than the lowest average wage for university grads.

http://www.macleans.ca/education/universities/article.jsp?content=20071105_190916_9484

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Protect land ahead of pipeline, review panel told on last days of hearings (The Canadian Press)

Protect land ahead of pipeline, review panel told on last days of hearings

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

In two years of hearings in 26 northern communities, a panel reviewing the potential environmental and social impacts of a $16-billion natural gas pipeline down the Mackenzie Valley took in enough submissions to block a herd of caribou.

The panel begins hearing final recommendations Tuesday and concerns registered by everyone from government scientists to aboriginal hunters have been remarkably consistent: protect special areas, prepare for a development boom, make sure climate change doesn’t make the pipeline unsafe and monitor whatever changes it brings.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071105/business/arctic_pipeline_recommendations_1

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Illegal cigarettes from native reserves cost government over $100 million: study (The Canadian Press)

Illegal cigarettes from native reserves cost government over $100 million: study

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A new study which found one-quarter of Ontario smokers bought contraband cigarettes from aboriginal reserves, costing the province at least $72 million in lost tax revenue, should be a wake-up call to the governing Liberals to crack down on illegal tobacco sales, critics said Monday.

The study, conducted between January 2005 and June 2006 for the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, found 37 per cent of Ontario smokers avoided paying hefty tobacco taxes by purchasing their smokes from aboriginal reserves, while 26 per cent said they had done so in the last six months.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/071105/national/illegal_cigarettes_reserves_1

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A puzzling land freeze (The Brantford Expositor)

A puzzling land freeze

Posted 14 hours ago

The province owes answers about a two-year freeze on development of land it owns south of Six Nations reserve. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett spent a frustrating week unsuccessfully trying to get information from the newly created Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

Barrett is concerned that the province has expanded the list of sites that may be turned over to Six Nations as part of a land claims settlement. In April 2006, the province said the former Douglas Creek Estates in Caledonia, Burtch Correctional Centre and provincially-owned land at Townsend and South Cayuga were on the table.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=763169

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Coming verdict in BC land-claims case may spark more court action -CBC

Coming verdict in B.C. land-claims case may spark more court action

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 8:02 PM ET
The Canadian Press

The B.C. government is closely watching the courts for an expected ruling on a controversial aboriginal land-claims case that could end up sparking more court action.

Aboriginal Relations Minister Mike de Jong said Monday the B.C. Supreme Court ruling expected within days on the 17-year-old case is bound to stir a debate among aboriginals and governments.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/11/05/bc-land.html

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Road blockade down; First Nation meets with Manitoba gov’t – CBC

Road blockade down; First Nation meets with Manitoba gov’t

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 6:00 PM CT
CBC News

Representatives from Manitoba Conservation and the Hollow Water First Nation who had traded barbs for weeks over blockades near the reserve, had a more congenial meeting at the Manitoba legislature Monday.

Two days after removing barricades on roads near the reserve, Chief Ian Bushie travelled to Winnipeg to meet with Conservation Minister Stan Struthers.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/11/05/hollow-water.html

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First nation buys downtown building – Whitehorse Star

First nation buys downtown building

By Chuck Tobin

The Teslin Tlingit Council has purchased the Shoppers Plaza on Main Street and the Tutshi Building along Second Avenue, the first nation announced Friday afternoon.

Included in the real estate package along with the office and retail businesses is the vacant Second Avenue lot directly across from the Andrew Philipsen Law Centre and a vacant Lambert Street lot behind the former Whitehorse Esso station, which was recently demolished.

http://www.whitehorsestar.com/auth.php?r=49042

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Sewage problems assessed in spring by Health Canada – Daily Miner and News

Sewage problems assessed in spring by Health Canada

By Jon Thompson
Miner and News
Monday November 05, 2007

The Northwestern Health Unit survey released last week showing devastating septic conditions on the Mishkeegogamang First Nation was not the first of its kind. Health Canada and Indian Affairs assessed sewage conditions there in the spring.

In the last week of April, Indian Affairs met with the band leadership to discuss the results of Health Canada’s inspection of septic systems. At that meeting, the government offered to earmark funding to fix the 20 systems identified in most dire need by the band and asked for a long-term projection of infrastructural budgets. That report has still not been received.

http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/News/351587.html

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First Nation residents complete economic training – Nova Scotia Business Journal

First Nation residents complete economic training

BY STAFF, TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA
The Nova Scotia Business Journal

Three Cape Breton members of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Developers Network have successfully completed a three-year professional certification training program. Jim Hepworth, Millbrook First Nation; David Nevin, Shubenacadie First Nation; and Deboarh Dykstra, Pictou Landing were among 20 people who finished the program.

http://www.novascotiabusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?sid=77585&sc=107

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Houses on Kayong property not for long – Winnipeg Sun

Houses on Kapyong property not for long

By PAUL TURENNE, SUN MEDIA

Military housing near Kenaston Boulevard is not likely to be there for too many more years, according to MP Vic Toews.

Last week, Toews, president of the Federal Treasury Board, approved an application from the Department of National Defence to transfer the 65-hectare site of the former Kapyong Barracks in Tuxedo to the federal Crown corporation that will ultimately sell it to either another government body or to a private developer.

http://winnipegsun.com/News/Winnipeg/2007/11/05/4632601.html

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Mi’kmaq Stories Unearthed -The Chronicle Herald

Mi’kmaq stories unearthed
Author-editor Peter Sanger, working with translator Elizabeth Paul and illustrator Alan Syliboy, brings to light a pair of texts — tales from the first nation’s distant past

By JODI DELONG
Sun. Nov 4 – 7:33 AM

“FINDING these two lost Mi’kmaq texts is the equivalent in our culture of finding a new play by Shakespeare.”

Peter Sanger has his listeners’ full attention as he speaks these words. We’re in a room of the Vaughn Library at Acadia University, where Gaspereau Press is launching its newest book. The Stone Canoe: Two Lost Mi’kmaq Texts is described as a story about two stories and their travels through the written record.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Books/976555.html

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First Nations National Housing Managers Association Welcomes BMO Bank of Montreal as First Founding Corporate Patron

Ottawa, Ontario – November 6, 2007 (NNW) – The First Nations National Housing Managers Association (FNNHMA) is pleased to announce their first Founding Corporate Patron. BMO Bank of Montreal confirmed their corporate membership with the FNNHMA on November 1, 2007.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Members, we welcome BMO Bank of Montreal as the first Founding Corporate Patron of the First Nations National Housing Managers Association. As the FNNHMA is a new association, the support of our corporate members is needed to build a strong foundation to develop new members, products and services” explained Michael King – Co-Chair Eastern Canada – FNNHMA Board of Directors. “Thank you to BMO Bank of Montreal for taking the initiative to become the first founding corporate patron and supporting the FNNHMA.”

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Northwest BC Needs a Different Vision –

Northwest BC Needs a Different Vision

David MacKinnon : Nov 5.2007

Last month, the British Columbia government announced that it was going to support the development of a 287 kV transmission line north from Terrace to Bob Quinn on Highway 37. Premier Gordon Campbell promised that miners, energy developers and others would soon be able to rely on “clean, reliable power” to promote development. He neglected to say that the development that the power would promote would be anything but clean, and in fact would undermine his own pledge from only a few days before to implement an aggressive new climate action plan.

http://riverswithoutborders.org/blog/itn/2007/11/northwest-bc-needs-a-different-vision/

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Win natives’ trust: Miner -The Province

Win natives’ trust: Miner

The Province
Published: Sunday, November 04, 2007

“This sends a signal that is being watched, even globally, about the ability to develop mines in Canada,” Jepsen says.

Companies must accept that there are huge cultural differences between natives and non-natives — and enormous differences within the native community itself, Jepsen says.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/money/story.html?id=86590bd6-cb94-4f5c-b82b-9052c18fd319

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More needs to be done to improve conditions -The Leader-Post

More needs to be done to improve conditions

Doug Cuthand, Special to The Leader-Post
Published: Monday, November 05, 2007

Forgive me if I don’t join the chorus of praise for the Conservative government’s economic statement that called for tax cuts for the GST and corporate and personal income tax. There are more deficits in this country than the federal financial deficit and they need to be addressed.

In Canada we have an infrastructure deficit and a health-care deficit, and for First Nations we have both, plus a socio-economic deficit.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/city_province/story.html?id=007235ef-21be-4f5d-b815-a1da94542e0e&p=1

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Early freeze shuts out North -Edmonton Journal

Early freeze shuts out North
Isolated communities wait for supplies to be airlifted after weather cuts short shipping season

Elise Stolte, Journal Staff Writer
Published: 11:57 am

HAY RIVER, N.W.T. – People in Fort Good Hope are rationing toilet paper.

Diesel fuel for home heating is also in short supply.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/story.html?id=d738b89f-3f66-4db5-bf07-c07973069888&k=8165

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Book Celebrates Métis Culture -The Leader-Post

Book celebrates Métis culture

Anne Kyle, Leader-Post
Published: Monday, November 05, 2007

The central character in Wilfred Burton’s children’s book the Fiddle Dancer, which he co-authored with Anne Patton, is based on his own childhood experiences growing up in a Métis family.

Their first book, which weaves a childhood story rich in Métis culture and language (Michif), has been shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Awards in three categories the 2007 First Book Award, 2007 Children’s Book Award and the Regina Book Award.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/city_province/story.html?id=236057ff-5205-4ca1-80ba-ef45602a15e2

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Strahl, Yukon leaders agree to further land claims talks -CBC

Strahl, Yukon leaders agree to further land claims talks

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 4:34 PM CT
CBC News

Yukon’s premier and top First Nation leader agreed Monday to more talks with Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl to address a lack of federal funding to implement land claims and self-government agreements in the territory.

Talking to reporters Monday afternoon, Premier Dennis Fentie and Grand Chief Andy Carvill of the Council of Yukon First Nations said they were pleased with the progress made during their morning meeting with Strahl in Whitehorse.

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B.C. land-claims decision could rock treaty process -Globe and Mail

B.C. land-claims decision could rock treaty process

JUSTINE HUNTER
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
November 5, 2007 at 5:37 AM EST

VICTORIA — Aboriginal leaders and government treaty-makers are bracing for a potential milestone land-claims decision expected as early as today from the B.C. Supreme Court.

The William case, launched 17 years ago, centres on claims from a small native band in an inaccessible area of the Cariboo Chilcotin, sparked by a dispute with the provincial government over logging.

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Nunavut foster family association in the works -CBC

Nunavut foster family association in the works

Last Updated: Monday, November 5, 2007 | 9:24 AM CT
CBC News

Nunavut’s health minister says she hopes setting up a territorial foster parents’ group will encourage more people to take in foster children.

Leona Aglukkaq said the government first wants to ensure that Nunavut’s three regions all have foster family associations before establishing a territory-wide network, which would recruit, train and support foster parents.

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Double-team degrees -Globe and Mail

Double-team degrees

MARLENE HABIB
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
November 5, 2007 at 6:00 AM EST

As Kirsten Walker hits the books and the basketball court in Charlottetown, the teen basketball whiz is striving for a double slam dunk — to complete college while working toward her bachelor of arts.

Ms. Walker is enrolled this year in the sport and leisure-management program at Holland College, after which she’ll move to the University of Prince Edward Island, thanks to a joint degree-granting program between the two schools. For her, it was the most practical route to realizing her likely career goal — to become a teacher in sports and medicine.

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Big family on campus -Globe and Mail

Big family on campus

DIANNE RINEHART
From Monday’s Globe and Mail
November 5, 2007 at 6:00 AM EST

If you think orientation is a challenge for the average out-of-town student, consider the adjustment Joanie Brown and Andy Tugak faced when they moved to Winnipeg, population 633,451, from tiny Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, population 2,358, to attend Red River College — with eight kids in tow.

The family was turned away several times by landlords because of its size but eventually the college helped them find a place, says Ms. Brown, 38, who is completing Grade 12 in the Biindigen college-preparatory program at Red River with her spouse.

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Broadcasting 2007: Report on the Industry

For Immediate Release

Broadcasters Increase Spending on Canadian Programming

Ottawa , November 5, 2007 – A new report released by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) today reveals that Canada’s private television broadcasters are spending more then ever before on original Canadian programming, and that Canadian audiences are embracing this offering.

“Private broadcasters in this country recognize that their audiences want to see Canadian stories on television. The numbers released today reflect the commitment of broadcasters to providing Canadians with a wide selection of home grown programming,” said CAB President and CEO Glenn O’Farrell.

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